How Pilates improves your posture

benefits of pilatesPilates workouts will give you the strength you need to build your core muscles found in your powerhouse, which are a group of muscles you have in the center of your body (the abdomen, lower & upper back, hips, buttocks, as well as your inner thighs). For your posture to be improved you will need to have your spine and pelvis correctly aligned. Once your core muscles are stronger these joints (the spine & pelvis) will be in the upright position, which is how you improve your posture.

Why should you do Pilates?

Pilates is for everyone whether you are a newbie or an expert in the matter. There are so many benefits to it. These Pilates exercises will improve your circulation and relieve pain in your body as a whole. Poor posture gives people a bad impression. Once you strengthen the appropriate muscles you will look confident when walking into a room due to your perfect posture.
People who slouch when sitting or standing are more sensitive to pain and don’t have that confidence you’ll have after starting your exercises. You will become a catwalk expert in no time!

7 benefits of practicing Pilates regularly:

  • Improves posture
  • Increases energy & motivation
  • Reduces your stress level
  • Helps prevent injury
  • Gives you a nice silhouette
  • Grows your body & mind awareness
  • Improves balance

Pilates Exercise to support good posture: The Spine stretch
Time: 2:00-4:00 minutes
Targets: Back, Abdominals

  • Extend your arms and legs while sitting
  • Inhale & sit up
  • Reach forward over your legs
  • Curl your head, neck as well as your shoulders forward (as if you were bending over a beach ball)
  • Inhale and hold for a few seconds
  • Exhale
  • Inhale, and roll up again to sit up
  • Repeat the process

Have a look at the following video for the different steps for the spine stretch exercise.

Joseph Pilates was the pioneer of the modern day fitness training famously known as Pilates. These exercises challenge and strengthen your mind & body. Pilates concentrates on the support of the spine and the core postural muscles.

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”

Joseph Hubertus Pilates, 1965.

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